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Home arrow Canada and the Middle East arrow Advocating censorship of mural ‘chilling’ - Toronto Star letters
Advocating censorship of mural ‘chilling’ - Toronto Star letters PDF Print E-mail
Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM

"A young Palestinian stands before a bulldozer, a handful of stones behind his back. Before him is the literal mechanism by which an occupying state has violated his human rights. It is, in fact, in the process of clearing the ground for yet another illegal settlement, one opposed by virtually the entire international community, including Canada, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations."

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Concentration camps – at the US border and in Gaza

Since last week, a media storm has been taking place over Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use of the term “concentration camps” to refer to the detention camps for immigrant families on the country’s southern border.

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Gaza has become unlivable. One needs to soak in these terms and repeat them to oneself. Nearly two million people are living in an unlivable concentration camp. They have been herded there already in 1948 (over 70% of Gaza’s residents are refugees), and they are repeatedly targeted for protesting their incarceration – even when they protest it with absolutely no arms, they get shot with lethal ammunition.

We need this language, we need these comparisons to wake us. While some may be offended by the language, the reality it addresses is often far beyond the imagination.

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